Saxophones, Clarinet & Flute

Whether you heard him playing Lead Alto during his 18 year tenure with The Count Basie Orchestra, or playing tenor saxophone with Paquito D’Rivera or baritone saxophone with Abdullah Ibrahim or clarinet solos with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Marshall keeps the swing and dance that he learned in his hometown of Pittsburgh, at the heartbeat of his playing.    A seasoned reedman, having played over 30 years in the New York City area, he is known for his ability to play all of the saxophones and woodwinds, with a unique approach to each one. 

His career includes a 10-year stint with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and playing and recording all 4 saxophones and flute with Paquito D'Rivera and the United Nation Orchestra. He plays Baritone sax on D'Rivera's Latin Grammy-winning album Tropicana Nights. He began his studies with 10 years of Classical Clarinet at Carnegie-Mellon University. Other career highlights include clarinet solos with The Duke Ellington Orchestra and performances at Carnegie Hall with Nancy Wilson, The Tokyo Blue Note, and The Nice Jazz Festival. Known for his multi-reed abilities, he has also played and recorded on Baritone sax with Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya. He has played with Illinois Jacquet, Charli Persip, Frank Foster, Tony Bennett, Bobby Caldwell, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Aretha Franklin amongst others. 

Marshall has performed with Tony Bennett, Milt Jackson, Nina Simone, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Foster, Charli Persip, Pete Christlieb, Diane Schuur, Illinois Jacquet, Doc Cheatham, and Patti Austin.  In addition, stints with The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, The Dells, The Temptations, Melba Moore, and Ledisi amongst others. 

Performances & Recordings

Performances include:    

Carnegie Hall    
The Kennedy Center    
The Sydney Opera House    
Royal Albert Hall    
Walt Disney Concert Hall         
The Hollywood Bowl    
The Newport Jazz Festival    
The Monterey Jazz Festival    
The Montreal Jazz Festival    
The Toronto Jazz Festival    
The Nice Jazz Festival    
The JVC Jazz Festival    
The Playboy Jazz Festival    
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival      
Blue Note New York    
Blue Note Tokyo      
Blue Note Milan    
Cotton Club New York    
Cotton Club Tokyo    
Birdland New York City    
Small’s Jazz Club New York  
Iridium Jazz Club New York   
Smoke Jazz Club New York     
Yoshi’s Jazz Club Oakland 

Recordings:  

2020  Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! Count Basie Orchestra 
2019  The Balance Abdullah Ibrahim  
2018  All About That Basie Count Basie Orchestra  
2015  A Very Swingin' Basie Christmas! Count Basie 
2012  Standardize Marshall McDonald   
2008  A Swingin' Christmas Tony Bennett   
2007  Basie Is Back (Live Japan)
Count Basie 
2006  Ray Sings, Basie Swings Ray Charles 
2006  It's a Good Thing Jamie Davis   
2003  90th Birthday Celebration Lionel Hampton 
2001  Calle 54 [Music from the Motion Picture]  
2000  Carambola Chico O'Farrill 
1999  Tropicana Nights Paquito D'Rivera 
1999  The Heart of a Legend Chico O'Farrill 
1998 Ear Candy Nancie Banks Big Band
1998  Live at John Anson Ford  Lionel Hampton
1997  Live at MCG Paquito D'Rivera 
1997  Latin Jazz Highlights: Messidor's Finest, Vol. 5 
1994  Bloodlines Michael Hill's Blues Mob 
1993  A Night in Englewood Paquito D'Rivera
1992  Steel Trap Jesse Austin Band 
Latin Jazz Nascente
Honeysuckle Rose (live) Ledisi 
G.W.B. Shuffle Mike Ponella